The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs

The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs

Ed Asner Ed. Weinberger / Sep 29, 2020
The Grouchy Historian An Old Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs In the tradition of Michael Moore Ed Asner a k a Lou Grant from The Mary Tyler Moore Show reclaims the Constitution from the right wingers who think that they and only they know how to interpret it E
  • Title: The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs
  • Author: Ed Asner Ed. Weinberger
  • ISBN: 9781501166020
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the tradition of Michael Moore, Ed Asner a.k.a Lou Grant from The Mary Tyler Moore Show reclaims the Constitution from the right wingers who think that they and only they know how to interpret it.Ed Asner, a self proclaimed dauntless Democrat from the old days, figured that if the right wing wackos are wrong about voter fraud, Obama s death panels, and climate change,In the tradition of Michael Moore, Ed Asner a.k.a Lou Grant from The Mary Tyler Moore Show reclaims the Constitution from the right wingers who think that they and only they know how to interpret it.Ed Asner, a self proclaimed dauntless Democrat from the old days, figured that if the right wing wackos are wrong about voter fraud, Obama s death panels, and climate change, they are probably just as wrong about what the Constitution says There s no way that two hundred plus years later, the right wing ideologues know how to interpret the Constitution On their way home from Philadelphia the people who wrote it couldn t agree on what it meant What was the president s job Who knew All they knew was that the president was going to be George Washington and as long as he was in charge, that was good enough When Hamilton wanted to start a national bank, Madison told him that it was unconstitutional Both men had been in the room when the Constitution was written And now today there are politicians and judges who claim that they know the original meaning of the Constitution Are you kidding In The Grouchy Historian, Ed Asner leads the charge for liberals to reclaim the Constitution from the right wingers who use it as their justification for doing whatever terrible thing they want to do, which is usually to comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted It s about time someone gave them hell and explained that progressives can read, too.
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      • Ed Asner Ed. Weinberger

        Edward Asner is an American film and television actor and former President of the Screen Actors Guild, primarily known for his role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin off series, Lou Grant More recently, he provided the voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar s newest film, Up.


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    1. 3.5 Of course I know who Asner is, though I have never been a big television watcher, well except for sports Therefore, I never saw him in his tell shows, though I know of them There was something about the title, The grouchy Historian that appealed, and learning about the Constitution was an added bonus Has been many years since my school days, and it seems that understanding our rights is very important with the political climate of today being as it is.Asner did a great deal of research, the [...]


    2. He makes some good points Absolutely DO NOT read this if you ve ever been impressed by anything by Bill O Reilly, Newt Gingrich, Mark Levin, or Ann Coulter.


    3. This book is fun and worth the price of admission if only because At a Screen Actors Guild meeting, the late Ricardo Montalban told me to go fuck myself is one of the best sentences I have ever had the pleasure of reading.


    4. The Grouchy Historian An Old Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs by Ed Asner and Ed Weinberger The Grouchy Historian pushes back against the irresponsible hijacking of our Constitution by right wing zealots With a crusty sense of humor with a charm of its own, Ed Asner provides readers with an informative and provocative book on the Constitution and what it really means This enlightening 353 page book includes 24 chapters and includes the Constitution.Po [...]


    5. I picked this, thinking that although it was preaching to the choir, it would be a good counter to the rhetoric coming from those who think passing a tax bill that takes from everyone else to give to those who need money And it was that But it also provided some food for thought.E.g the preamble to the Constitution lays clear the Founders thought that government is about the public welfare Which includes the health care that some say is not the business of government.The ends with a positive vi [...]


    6. I came to Ed Asner s The Grouchy Historian as a Grouchy Liberal very much wanting to read the words of a fellow lefty tired of what passes for conservative thinking There is much to admire in Mr Asner s book but I finished it frustrated The obvious market for this book are like thinking liberals, tired of the hate speech from the worst of the political right The people who will never read this book or be influenced by it are the ones towards which he has aimed his barbs The best goal for a book [...]




    7. I listened to this and Asner is hysterical He gives an in depth look at the Constitution, its history, and it s any interpretations or intentions , all the while speaking to today s elite, Christian, right wing, one percenters in a satirical, sarcastic fashion The Constitution is the anchor to all of Asner s arguments and the novel as a whole, but he also touches on all the hot button issues of today, even if they aren t explicitly named in the Constitution From immigration to religion, this boo [...]


    8. Ed Asner s first person take on the right wing hypocrites and nutjobs is a hilarious look at how little the framers, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and a lot of contemporary to them documentation dealt with the concept of Christianity The concept of the separation of church and state was foundational to their beliefs and the government the created Backed by actual quotes from actual founders and framers, the historicity is hard for the nutjobs to disprove Also covered are such concepts as [...]


    9. Saturday night in the 70s meant a few things Frozen TV Dinners I can still taste the tangy cranberry from the dessert the only actual edible thing in the aluminum tin , Babysitters as my parents went on Date Night, and some of the best TV in the history of television All in the Family, Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore, and the Bob Newhart Show These were pre Love Boat Fantasy Island days Ed Asner, portrayed Lou Grant the loveable, but curmudgeonly boss on The Mary Tyler Moore Show Lou, while havi [...]


    10. Ed Asner Surprises in The Grouchy Historian fangswandsandfairydust 201 My first thought on hearing about this book was, Ed Asner and The Constitution Really After listening to it thought my thoughts are , Ed Asner and The Constitution, really If that doesn t come across in grammar, let me explain that I am enthusiastic about this look into the points oft made by members of the Republican party and religious right.In particular, he looks at the arguments the religious right use to support the ide [...]


    11. One of the most refreshing books I ve read in a long time It s certainly very common, at least for me, nowadays, to see an abundance of books and people extolling a particular viewpoint, particularly from the conservative side It isn t many books that really dig in, not just to prove their own arbitrary point with some surface level cherrypicked proof, but a book that really digs deep and tries to understand how the other side thinks what they think, and determine whether, how, and why they re w [...]


    12. About a year before Asner, I started diving into the Constitution and Amendments, and it was fun to see that he noticed some of the same things I did, but did a lot research on what led to the writing I have to give credit for a really thorough book.He really is grouchy It bothers me when it s about religion, though I can t blame him.There are some sections of fancy writing where Asner shows a lot of talent, in that he could easily write literary quality historical fiction if that was somethin [...]


    13. This is a lot of fun and it is also very serious Asner and Weinberger want us to KNOW what the constitution says and HOW it was established and what the people who created the constitution were really like what they believed and what their goals were And really the framers of the constitution were like everyone else they were very interested in and knowledgeable about taking care of their own interests and pretty much confused about everything else Thus they created a constitution that spoke to [...]


    14. Ed Asner points out the flaws of those who cheery pick the Constitution to fit their needs with the same vitriol your cranky grandfather might do Not mine though, only because he s too soft spoken to argue This book is great for laughs and also a refreshing read as Asner questions the absurdities of prominent conservative Since if you reading this book you are probably not reading the works of Ted Cruz or Ann Coulter, both who receive a good take down and tongue lashing Also thanks to this book, [...]


    15. Ed does a great job presenting the neo conservatives view of America and the ways they seek to implement their own interpretation onto the constitution and supporting documentation He, while being liberal, presents clearly articulated and factually supported arguments that support his views.The details are out there, contained in the framers notes, Federalist Papers, Common Sense and other writings from that era that present a very different interpretation He does a great job contrasting histori [...]


    16. Actor Ed Asner, well known for his role as Lou Grant in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, takes on a new unexpected role, actually a dual role, as that of both a writer and an historian Asner is a self proclaimed Democrat who is not shy about the way he feels about right wing wackos He is especially leery of those who claim they know the original intent of our Founding Fathers when they wrote this historic document.Books about the Constitution tend to be a bit dry and boring Not so with this one In a h [...]


    17. When I saw the title of this book I simply had to buy it It should have had a picture me under it, or over As expected, Ed Asner delivered a book that was really rather amusing What I didn t necessarily expect was that it would be a highly sourced, well researched piece of modern history Asner does an incredibly good job at laying out the facts, as opposed to the alternative facts, of our founders and framers He sets out to combat the idea that the conservatives own the constitution, and that Th [...]


    18. I won a free copy of this book from First Reads.Had me laughing at the book jacket Had me sending pictures of pages by page 3 Thank goodness I was in a non public area while reading at the vet because I was snorting with laughter at the first chapter Some parts did informing than laughing, but all of it was great Definitely wont appeal if you are a right wing hypocrite or nutjob Ed Asner is funny and self deprecating, but also obviously did some real research I learned a few things about the Fo [...]


    19. I love this modern look at the US Constitution and what it means today in the age of a most unusual government Asner obviously has a liberal axe to grind who doesn t these days But his axe is sharp, looking at the situations of our founding fathers as well as the original intent of the document The book is fast moving, accurate, and helps keep the constitution where it belongs, as a living and imperfect living documents, subject to Man s situationally positioned interpretation.Maybe Asner should [...]


    20. I enjoy ready History and the word Grouchy appealed to my mood regarding our current political environment In addition, I know Ed Asner has a wry sense of humor so it seemed like a good choice I was right.Although, unfortunately, no one who should read this book the Right Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs will do so, the book provides great historical background information for those of us who are willing or forced to discuss the twisted interpretations of the Constitution and Amendments with our fell [...]


    21. While not revolutionary by any account, the author presents a well researched case for why many of today s political arguments have no grounds when viewed through the lens of the Framers of the Constitution The book doesn t read like a history, but rather of a long winded rant, which is what I believe the author was going for I detracted a star because of this inconsistent tone, as well as another because of the smug, almost condescending tone he takes While I agreed with his analysis, he is no [...]


    22. I skimmed through most of the book Asner found an excellent vehicle and topic to mock Republicans and people on the Right including Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh etc A great deal of sarcastic humor and jibes in the book not unlike that used by Asner s TV character Lou Grant decades ago.I borrowed this book from the library If one is interested in knowing about the Constitution, the people who wrote it and the desired goals, there are scholarly books that have been published [...]


    23. Very funny and informative book on Ed Asner s interpretation of the Constitution I ve always enjoyed Ed Asner as an actor The book is wonderful Everyone should read this book I think he did a good job researching the subject and makes wonderful points throughout the book while still keeping you interested and laughing.


    24. I won a copy of this book.This was a fun, quick read Particularly, it was a timely written book Asner writes letter to Ted Cruise, Anne Coulter, and several other Right Wine Hypocrites , breaking down what they ve said and comparing it to what was written by our founding fathers Asner also addresses the church crowd who claim that America was founded on Christian Value.


    25. I think Thomas Paine would be happy to read this common sense approach to defending the Constitution Mr Asner does a fine job of explaining who the designers of the Constitution were and how they would most likely view the way it s been interpreted and misinterpreted from the beginning.


    26. An interesting and informative read There s a definite preaching to the choir aspect to it, and his hostility toward various right wing icons will turn off any conservatives who give the book a chance, which is, I think, unfortunate.


    27. Hilarious and informative All my liberal and like minded friends and family should read this Great talking points to any alt right nutjob you come into contact with I would also recommend that any right wing hypocrite who does read should read this as well.


    28. Very well researched, well written, funny and sarcastic Ed does a great job and you learn lots about our Constitution and founders I highly recommend this and Ed s tone is just snarky enough to make me happy.


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